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As the Crow Flies
Jeffrey Archer

PB ARCHER

The onset of World War I takes Charlie Trumper into the path of an enemy whose legacy of evil follows Charlie and his family for generations. Encompassing three continents and spanning over sixty years, As the Crow Flies tells the tale of one man’s rise to riches set against the backdrop of a changing century.


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Ironfire: An Epic Novel of Love and War
David Ball

HIST BALL

The Ottoman Empire’s 1565 assault on the island fortresses of Malta, and the defense of the island by the Knights of St. John, serves as the backdrop for Ball’s historical epic. Amid bloody land and sea battles, four protagonists struggle to survive in a world of disease, brutality and religious persecution.


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The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Chronicles Series #1)
Bernard Cornwell

CORNWELL

Cornwell introduces a new multivolume saga set in medieval England prior to the unification of the four Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Northumbria, East Anglia, Mercia, and Wessex. Weakened by civil war, Northumbria is invaded by the fearless Danes, and Uhtred, the rightful heir to the earldom of Bebbanburg, is captured by the enemy.


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The Ipcress File
Len Deighton

DEIGHTON

This is Deighton’s classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy—later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in the iconic 1960s film starring Michael Caine. For this working-class spy, an mission to find a missing biochemist becomes a journey to the heart of a dark and deadly conspiracy.


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Avenger
Frederick Forsyth

FORSYTH

Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker and disappears. The killer, too, has vanished, or so it would seem. There are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score, and so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer.


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Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy, Book 1)
David Gemmell

SF GEMMELL

Though Gemmell is traditionally a fantasy writer, his Troy epic is more historical fiction. The Trojan War is recast in this first of a new trilogy, which centers on a warrior variously called Helikaon, Aeneas or the Golden One, who’s blessed by luck to have all he turns his hand to prosper.


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Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Robert Harris

HARRIS

Harris delivers descriptions of Rome’s political scene as well as relentless action as Cicero tries to achieve his life’s ambition after uncovering a plot by Marcus Crassus and Julius Caesar to rig the elections and seize control of the government.


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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
John le Carre

LECARRE

Alec Leamas, a British agent in early Cold War Berlin, is given an assignment: play the part of a disgraced agent, a sodden failure everybody whispers about. The political chessboard is black and white, but in human terms the vicinity of the Berlin Wall is a moral no-man’s land, a gray abyss patrolled by pawns.


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Our Kind of Traitor: A Novel
John le Carre

LE CARRE

When big-time Russian money launderers enlists the help of a guileless couple, they find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service’s ruthless internecine battles.


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The Scarlatti Inheritance
Robert Ludlum

LUDLUM

Elizabeth Wyckman Scarlatti has a plan—a desperate, last-minute gamble—designed to save the world from her own son, Ulster, an incalculably dangerous man. Unless she can stop him, he is about to give Hitler’s Third Reich the most powerful triumph on earth.


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Master and Commander
Patrick O'Brian

O’BRIAN

This, the first in the series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. 


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The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga
Edward Rutherfurd

RUTHERFURD

In this epic about love and war, family life and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries, readers witness the rise of the Fenians in the late nineteenth century, the splendors of the Irish cultural renaissance, and the bloody battles for Irish independence.


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The Bridge of Sighs: A Novel
Olen Steinhauer

MYS STEINHAUER

Investigating murders for the post-World War II People’s Militia, Emil Brod suspects political motives behind the killing of a state songwriter and finds himself accused of spying by his corrupt colleagues in the homicide department.


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The Tourist
Olen Steinhauer

STEINHAUER

Milo Weaver has retired from his days as an undercover agent for the CIA, but new details arise from his old cases that bring him back to his investigations.


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The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel (Vanessa Michael Munroe Novels)
Taylor Stevens

STEVENS

Dealing information to wealthy clients throughout the world, Vanessa Munroe hopes to leave her unconventional past behind her until a mission to find the missing daughter of Texas oil billionaire forces her to return to the central Africa region of her youth.


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